V0113. VALERIA BARSOVA: Songs by Alabiev, Lecocq, Weckerlin, Arditi & Johann Strauss; Arias from Barbiere, Manon, La Traviata, Don Cesar de Bazan, Fra Diavolo, Mignon, Roméo, Life for the Tsar, Snegoroutchka & Ruslan and Ludmila. (Russia) IMLCD 072, recorded 1931-52. - 4607053329728
“Valeria Barsova was singing in a Moscow cabaret in 1915 when she was noticed by Sergei Zimin, director of the Zimin Opera, where she made her operatic début in 1917, as Gilda in RIGOLETTO. Other roles at this theatre included Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Kostanze in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, the four heroines of LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN and Nedda in PAGLIACCI.
In 1919, she sang Rosina as a last minute replacement for prima-donna Antonina Nezhdanova, at the Hermitage Theatre in Saint Petersburg, opposite Feodor Chaliapin. She then appeared at the Stanislavski Theatre and the Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre, notably as Clairette in LA FILLE DE MADAME ANGOT.
She finally made her début at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1920 where she was to sing every season until 1948. Besides Italian and French roles such as Gilda, Violetta, Mimì, Butterfly, Juliette, Manon, she also excelled in Russian operas, notably the leading female roles in works such as RUSLAN AND LYUDMILA, THE SNOW MAIDEN, A LIFE FOR THE TSAR, SADKO, THE QUEEN OF SPADES, THE GOLDEN COCKEREL. In 1929, she sang in concert in Berlin and made a tour of Poland. After retiring from the stage, she taught at the Moscow Conservatory from 1950 until 1953. She retired in Sochi on the Black Sea, where she died at 75.”
-Zillah Dorset Akron